May 2017 update

A number of GWAA members are presenting at the World War 1 & Africa: conference on 2 June in Sittingbourne. It will be good to see others at the event if you have some time to spare.

Ed Yorke has reviewed Guerrillas of Tsavo by James Willson (available to purchase through GWAA or from James direct).

The story of a man who served on Lake Victoria during World War 1 – thanks to @Gillyflower

From Tim Wright re Vic Falls memorial (Zambia)
GWAA members may be concerned to know that Northern Rhodesia’s World War I memorial at Victoria Falls is in need of repair. The memorial bears the names of 78 Europeans connected with the Territory who died on war service in Africa and other theatres. I attach details as far as I have been able to ascertain of all 78. It will be seen that several of those who met their deaths on the Western Front had earlier served in the campaigns in East or South-West Africa. Fallen Africans are commemorated but not named on this memorial.

The memorial does not belong to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission so it will not pay for its repair. However it has furnished the name of a suitable contractor who has quoted £5,700 for the necessary work, his food and accommodation being supplied free of charge by Peter Jones, a Livingstone businessman who is most anxious to see the repairs effected and brought the matter to the attention of Brigadier David Williams, President of the King’s African Rifles and East African Forces Association who is handling collection of funds in UK through the accounts of his association which will be well known to many GWAA members.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to this work should contact David Williams . As Chairman of the Northern Rhodesia Police Association I shall be proposing at our AGM in mid-May that we make a donation. I have written to three people I happen to know are related to persons named on the memorial and will be writing to other organisations with a Zambian or Northern Rhodeisa connexion. The Northern Rhodesia Police war memorial, in Livingstone, bearing the names of both European and African members of the Force who fell on active service, remains I am relieved to hear, in good condition.

April 2017 Update

Things have been a little quiet recently. Here’s the latest…

Library of Congress has made newspaper articles on World War 1 available. Some mention Africa.

SA Naval Museum has a photo display on SS Mendi
South African documentary on SS Mendi

Michelle Moyd discusses her book Violent Intermediaries

A new online book about a South African serving in Europe.

Heritage funded projects looking at World War 1 Africa
Away from the Western Front
Includes GWAA’s Medical project around the Pike Report.
To get involved, contact Anne
For more about AFTWF

Breaking the Myths: World War 1 and Africa
Diversity House is working in Sittingbourne and Maidstone areas to work with local schools and the community to acknowledge the African contribution to World War 1, including local experiences and trauma.
More about Breaking the Myths
Diversity House is issuing a series of podcasts (oral histories) on aspects of World War 1 in Africa.
If you have a story to contribute, please contact Diversity House.

They also served: Uncovering the experiences of African and Caribbean servicemen during the Great War
Churches Together is working with Midlands African and Caribbean churches and wider communities.
Contact: Project Manager, Dr Angelina Osborne

February 2017 update

The Battlefield Tour has been cancelled. Although this is disappointing, it has been a worthwhile experience in working out how people visit the battlesites of Africa. Watch this space for futher developments allowing you to do your own tours.

A WW1 Africa connection who is not a member brought this to my attention – it shows Smuts also got annoyed with the South African generals – van Deventer. Details do need to be checked as Tighe returned to India in March 1916 – the image suggests he was still around in December 1916.

A book on the Mendi, Troopship Mendi: The Black Titanic by Nick Ward is available.
The African Chapter of The Times History of the War
Michelle Moyd has an article in the July 2016 First World War Studies journal (vol 7:2): Centring a sideshow: local experiences of the First World War in Africa

A special edition of Scientia Militaria has been published on The Union at War 1914-1953. Papers can be found on the website.

And The National Archives in London gives an overview of its Africa World War 1 holdings.

Don’t forget there’s a complete list of known books, articles, films, etc on the website.

@WW1EACampaignposts regularly on aspects of the EA campaign.

Some video histories of World War 1 Africa courtesty of Frontier Partisans

Requests for information:
Cecil Gorge Bateman

The GWAA was part of a bid with Away From the Western Front: the medical project previously mentioned
Here’s confirmation of the bid’s success. Anyone interested in participating, please get in touch.